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Political Thrillers

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Charlie Donlea
Twenty Years Later
2022
New DNA technology has allowed the New York medical examiner’s office to make its first successful identification of a 9/11 victim in years. The twist: the victim, Victoria Ford, had been accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. In a chilling last phone call to her sister from the North Tower on the morning of 9/11, Victoria begged her to prove her innocence. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
27
David Baldacci
The Fix
Amos Decker Series - Book 3
2018 (First published: 2017)
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, orders Decker to back off the case. Decker must forge an uneasy alliance with the Defense Intelligence Agency to prevent an international incident that could spell the end of the United States as we know it. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
39
Frederick Forsyth
The Day of the Jackal
2007 (First published: 1971)
The Jackal: A tall, blond Englishman with  opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his  profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the  world. An assassin with a contract to kill one of the  world's most heavily guarded man. And as the  minutes count down to the final act of execution, it  seems that there is no power on earth that can stop  the Jackal. More ...
380 Pages
5/5
36
Frederick Forsyth
The Deceiver
1992 (First published: 1991)
Sam McCready serves Britain as Chief of Deception & Disinformationfor the British Secret Intelligence Service. He's competent, dedicated, in his prime. Why then this push to get him out? The options are painful -- early retirement or an administrative backwater. Who wants him out, and why? And what happens if he refuses to go quietly? It's a wild card, confrontational, risky.More ...
496 Pages
4/5
39
Graham Grene
Our Man in Havana
2007 (First published: 1958)
Mr. Wormold, salesman of vacuum cleaners in a city of power brokers becomes a spy for the British MI6 to earn some extra income. This crisply written spy novel will drag you down with almost unbearable tension, while at the same time make you giggle with its parodies and absurd plot. A true masterpiece! More ...
256 Pages
4/5
46
Jack Carr
The Terminal List
Book 1 of Terminal List
2022 (First published: 2018)
On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. More ...
496 Pages
5/5
16
Jack Carr
True Believer
Book 2 of Terminal List
2020 (First published: 2019)
When a string of horrific terrorist attacks plagues the Western world during the holiday season, the broader markets fall into a tailspin. The attacks are being coordinated by a shadowy former Iraqi commando who has disappeared into Europe’s underground. The United States government has an asset who can turn the Iraqi against his masters: James Reece, the most-wanted domestic terrorist alive. More ...
592 Pages
4/5
14
Jack Carr
Savage Son: A Thriller
Book 3 of Terminal List
2020
Former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted. Deep in the wilds of Siberia, a woman is on the run, pursued by a man harboring secrets—a man intent on killing her. More ...
512 Pages
4/5
17
Josephine Tey
The Daughter of Time
1995 (First published: 1951)
Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother’s children to make his crown secure? More ...
206 Pages
5/5
41
Nelson DeMille
Plum Island
John Corey - Book 1
1998 (First published: 1997)
NYPD homicide detective John Corey has moved into Long Island, restlessly recuperating from wounds received in the line of duty when he's hired to consult on the double murder of Tom and Judy Gordon, biologists who worked on Plum Island. This is the site of animal disease reseach for the Department of Agri­culture. Were the Gordaons murdered because they'd stolen some valuable new vaccine, or even a dreaded virus? More ...
574 Pages
4/5
21
Nelson DeMille
The Lion's Game
John Corey - Book 2
2001 (First published: 2000)
Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family. More ...
577 Pages
3/5
28
Nelson DeMille
Night Fall
John Corey - Book 3
2015 (First published: 2004)
On a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and JanetWhitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera. Suddenly a terrible explosion lights up the sky. Five years later, the crash of Flight 800 has been attributed to a mechanical mal-function. But John Corey and Kate Mayfield, both members of the Elite Anti-terrorist Task Force, suspect a cover-up at the highest levels. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
25
Nelson DeMille
Wild Fire
John Corey - Book 4
2015 (First published: 2006)
Custer Hill Club is an informal men's club set in a luxurious Adirondack hunting lodge whose members include some of America's most powerful business leaders, military men, and government officials. One Fall weekend, the Executive Board of the Custer Hill Club gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11 and what America must do to retaliate. More ...
544 Pages
3/5
25
Nelson DeMille
The Lion
John Corey - Book 5
2015 (First published: 2010)
John Corey, special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is back. And, unfortunately for Corey, so is Asad Khalil, the notorious Libyan terrorist otherwise known as "The Lion." He is a killing machine once again loose in America with a mission of revenge. But Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal -- to find and kill Khahil. More ...
464 Pages
3/5
26
Nelson DeMille
The Panther
John Corey - Book 6
2016 (First published: 2012)
Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen-one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. More ...
656 Pages
3/5
24
Nelson DeMille
Radiant Angel
John Corey - Book 7
2016 (First published: 2015)
John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission. It is thought to be "a quiet end". But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. Then Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a UN diplomat, mysteriously disappears More ...
320 Pages
3/5
22
Nelson DeMille
The Maze
John Corey - Book 8
2022
On the verge of retirement, John Corey is sitting on a porch, lazily looking out across the ocean, scanning the horizon for his enemies, calculating escape routes, drinking a beer for breakfast. But then trouble does appear, and Corey can’t ignore it. A series of bodies has been found along a beach close to his home and he can no longer deny that a serial killer is on the loose. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
30
Richard Condon
The Manchurian Candidate
2013 (First published: 1959)
Sgt Raymond Shaw is a hero of the first order. He's an ex-prisoner of war, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, stepson of an influential senator...and the perfect assassin. Brainwashed during his time as a POW he is a 'sleeper', a living weapon to be triggered by a secret signal. Was made into an excellent movie - starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. More ...
368 Pages
4/5
25
Stieg Larson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Part 1 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2011 (First published: 2005)
The story is based on an actual crime which author and journalist Stieg Larson experienced at age 16: The gang rape of a girl named Lisbeth. His sensational thriller features a Lisbeth Salander, an agry punk heroine, who helps Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist, to uncover the dark secrets of one of Sweden's wealthiest families. More ...
672 Pages
5/5
41
Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Part 2 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2011 (First published: 2005)
Blomkvist has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. The second part of Stieg Larsons Millennium Trillogy is a blistering espionage thriller, a riveting police procedural and a piercing exposé on social injustice. More ...
752 Pages
5/5
45
Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Part 3 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2012 (First published: 2005)
In Larson's third part of his Millennium Trillogy Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she's fighting for her life and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders. More ...
832 Pages
5/5
58
Tom Clancy
The Hunt for Red October
A Jack Ryan Novel Book 1
2018 (First published: 1984)
Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. Made into a spectacular film directed by John McTiernan and starring Sean Connery. More ...
656 Pages
5/5
47
Tom Clancy
Patriot Games
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 2
2013
While on vacation with his family, Jack Ryan prevented an assassination attempt on Britain’s royal family and earned him the gratitude of an entire nation—and the scorn of an ultra-left-wing faction of the IRA. Irish terrorist Sean Miller and his followers in the Ulster Liberation Army intend to make sure Ryan pays for his interference in blood. More ...
800 Pages
4/5
47
Tom Clancy
The Cardinal of the Kremlin
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 3
2013
Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace ... or war. More ...
816 Pages
4/5
47
Tom Clancy
Clear and Present Danger
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 4
2018
When Colombian drug lords assassinate both the U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI, their actions trigger a covert response from the American government--a response that goes horribly wrong... As the newly named Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, Jack Ryan should be privy to the Colombia operation, but he's been left completely in the dark. More ...
976 Pages
4/5
42
Tom Clancy
The Sum of All Fears
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 5
2018
Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East, as Jack Ryan, Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, lays the groundwork for a plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: a nuclear weapon hidden somewhere in the United States. More ...
1216 Pages
4/5
44
Tom Clancy
Dept of Honor
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 6
1995 (First published: 1994)
Jack Ryan plunges into two, seemingly unrelated, occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order. More ...
1008 Pages
4/5
53
Tom Clancy
Executive Orders
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 7
1997
At the climax of Debt of Honor, the most devastating terrorist act in the history of the world left the President, the Joint Chiefs, the Supreme Court, and nearly all of Congress dead. Only Jack Ryan, confirmed Vice President mere minutes before, survived to take the reins of a shaken and leaderless country. Now he must rebuild a government. More ...
1376 Pages
4/5
45
Tom Clancy / Mark Cameron
Chain of Command
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 21
2022
A shadowy billionaire uses his fortune to further his corrupt ambitions. Along the way, he’s toppled democratically elected governments and exacerbated divisions within stable nations. Now, he’s ready to implement his most ambitious plan of all. There’s only one force standing in his way—President Jack Ryan. More ...
544 Pages
3/5
48
Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills
Oath of Loyalty
Book 21 of Mitch Rapp Series
2022
The new murder business is based on double-blind secrecy. Neither the killer nor the client knows the other’s identity. Because of this, assassins can’t be called off nor can they afford to fail. No matter how long it takes until their target is dead. More ...
368 Pages
4/5
85
Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills
Enemy at the Gates
Book 20 of Mitch Rapp Series
2022
CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp has decided to back away from his proffesional life, but then the world’s richest man asks Mitch to rescue a scientist, who’s bio research compound has been burned to the ground and is on the run from an African terrorist. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
48
William R. Forstchen
One Second After
Book 1 of John Matherson Novels
2009
A story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages, a war based upon the terrifying weapon emitting an massive Electro Magnetic Pulse. More ...
352 Pages
4/5
46
William R. Forstchen
One Year After
Book 2 of John Matherson Novels
2016 (First published: 2009)
The story begins two years since nuclear weapons brought America to its knees. After months of suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning to recover technology and supplies they had once taken for granted. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
40
William R. Forstchen
The Final Day
Book 3 of John Matherson Novels
2017
After defeating a new, tyrannical federal government, John Matherson and his community intend to restore their world to what it was before the EMP apocalypse. For the most part, they are succeeding. This period of relative stability, however, doesn’t last long. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
48

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A political thriller is typically set against the backdrop of a political power struggle, rampand corruption or a "deep state" conspiracy. The stakes in these stories are usually immense, and the fate of a country is often in the hands of one singel individual. Political corruption, organized crime, terrorism, intelligence operations, secret military commands, and warfare are common themes.
The modern political thriller came to life in the early days of the Cold War. Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" (1955) tells about the American involvement in Vietnam during the First Indochina War. Richard Condon's "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) is set in the aftermath of the Korean War and the days of McCarthyism. In Frederick Forsyth's "The Day of the Jackal", an assault on Charles de Gaulle has to be prevented.
While many of these early political thrillers where focused on espionage, more recent thrillers often deal with government corruption or conspiracies at the highest political level.
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